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Jakarta Post

Transportation Ministry to oversee Muara Angke Port after fatal accident

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 4, 2017   /  07:16 pm
Transportation Ministry to oversee Muara Angke Port after fatal accident Search – National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) personnel look for missing Zahro Express passengers in an operation on Jakarta Bay waters on Monday. Basarnas deployed 15 divers and several vessels from a joint team in the search operation. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

Jakarta Transportation Agency head Andri Yansyah has said the Transportation Ministry will oversee the management of Muara Angke Port, including safety procedures for all vessels, following a fatal boat incident that claimed 23 lives on Sunday.

“All things, including rearranging the port management and safety control will be handled by the ministry,” Andri said on Wednesday.

Andri said an office under the Directorate General of Sea Transportation may be established at the port to enhance supervision and safety.

(Read also: Ministry to standardize Thousand Islands service after Zahro Express incident)

On Sunday, the Zahro Express vessel caught fire when traveling from Muara Angke Port in North Jakarta to Tidung Island in Thousand Islands regency. Twenty-three of the passengers died, 130 survived and others are feared missing.

Following the incident, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the ministry would examine all vessels at Muara Angke Port. It will declare unseaworthy any vessels that do not meet minimum safety requirements.

The ministry has also instructed state-owned PT Pelni and ASDP Indonesia Ferry to serve the Muara Angke-Thousand Island route. (dmr)


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